What is it that makes you a good person? Is it that God told you to and you fear the fires of hell? Is it something you even understand about yourself?
My reason for trying daily to be a good person, the best I can be, is that I want to live in a better world. If I am ever to realize this desire come true then I have to actively make this a better world by contributing the good that can be found in this here world of ours.
when one understands himself and realizes that he is life he would then do the things that belongs to it.
others will merely go accoring to the wind... not knowing from where it comes neither to where it goes....
That is pretty vague, have you considered a career in politics?
No word on whether or not you believe yourself to be a good person let alone reasons explaining why you choose to be whatever it is you believe yourself to be.
yes indeed it will always be vague to whom it is vague...
I am not good nor am I bad. I am good and I am bad. I don't try to be anything except authentic to what is naturally arising. When I am out of tune then the other descriptions of me come into play.
I am a Good Person because I tell off so called Greenies who only pretend to be Greenies.. by telling them NOT To Use Plastic Bags to pick up their Dog Crap with
Real Greenies NEVER Use Plastic for such a job!!
do they bring their own shovel, use a dead branch or their hands? I've just written a hub about crap - hopefully it's not crap
Oh - I can assure you it is crap, just try picking it up with your fingers !!! or were you referring to your hub
Simply because I don't sleep well being nasty to people. Pricks my conscience.
Good answer, simple and very easy to understand
I feel I can relate to your reasons, I always regret those times when I react with anger to situations, I know I am better then that and it feels downright crummy to fall that short of my real potential.
Oh Thanks Mate!
But Hey... Don't react with anger... or they will just let their dogs crap anywhere and walk away in case you growl at them!
People are like that.. they'd rather look or walk away than pick their dog's crap!
Nothing worse than having a picnic and Ohhhh Nooo Look at what you are sitting beside! A Greenie Plastic Bag
Nobody can say if they are a good person - it is a subjective judgement and can only be made by others about us. I would say.
But then I am a really really good person some days, but then on those other dark, interesting, exotic days it is hard to tell.
I agree so far as to say that a person can only really say that they try to be a good person, that they believe themselves to be good people, but to state it as a solid fact, I agree one cannot do that. Then again I don't thing that popular opinion of someone as being good necessarily makes them a good person either. Popular opinion tends to be as changeable as the wind
For me I believe a person can be a good person in spite of those bad days. Everyone can fall short of their potential for goodness for a number of reasons. I guess it partly comes down to what you do when you realize you you could have done better, or caused harm? Do you try to apologize, to 'fix' what you did that could have been harmful? If so then I would still call you a good person
PD, I think you can call yourself a good person simply because you consistently make me laugh! Laughter of course being the best medicine
Now if I can figure out how to pick up dog poo with laughter I will be set!
I am told that it is all about technique and how you hold your mouth mate!
Can we have a visual demonstration? Please
Not from me mate.... I don't lick butts or sheep!
Oh come on - where else dig shagpile woollen carpets come from !!
hardly any sheep in NZ anymore - they've moved onto cows
Subjective judgement by others is not the same as popular opinion. You are confusing dress sense with fashion.
When I am bad - is nothing to do with what I do afterward, this is an idea from religion that should be discarded like a crappy doggie bag, plastic or otherwise. At the moment of being bad I am being what I am and it is only by understanding my bad and then not repeating that behaviour that then makes me good. Your idea conjures priests abusing some child then through abject remorse receiving absolutionwhichis good until next sunday morning when he does it again, and again, and again.
I think I get where you are coming from. I would be interested to compare your answer with others answers. Perhaps folks will have a nice discussion here about the nature of forgiveness and redemption in relation to the effort of being a good person, or improving oneself
I'm a good person because I try to help others - I also believe in the lord, Jesus, as my savior, so I know what's good, and what's not.
Trying to help others sounds good
I do wonder if, had you been born into an atheist community or other religious community, without the stories of Jesus do you honestly think you would have no ability to know what is good and what isn't? Or do you have some ingrained quality that would drive you to want to be good, say a sense of empathy? People who find it distressing to see others in distress are most likely to do something to relieve the distress of others.
(Or Countries!! Or COWS!! )
Having a conscience creates good actions and morals. If you dont have a conscience, how would you ever feel that whatever you do or say is good or not.
Out of consciousness, does being 'passive' make you 'good?'
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